Posted by: Darrell | November 30, 2008

Arashiyama

Togetsukyo Bridge with Mt. Arashiyama in the background

Togetsukyo Bridge with Mt. Arashiyama in the background

In my opinion, the most beautiful season to visit Japan is in the autumn when the leaves turn fiery red and bright yellow. Some might argue that the Sakura blossoms are prettier, however, the beauty is often overshadowed by the brevity. While as the maple leaves can often be enjoyed for an entire month and there is no place better than Arashiyama. Located north of Kyoto, Arashiyama is one of the most famous places in all of Japan for the activity of autumn leaf viewing. That being said, it is easily one of the busiest places during the aforementioned season.

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple

Although a very long and cramped train ride to get there, you are quickly reward with a beautiful view of the Togetsukyo bridge with Mt. Arashiyama in the background, in all its autumn leaf glory. The town is also very charming, while at the same time blatantly catering to tourists. The Tenryuji Temple is a definite stop on your journey as it was incredibly beautiful with a dizzying array of multicoloured trees surrounding an emerald lake. Behind the temple is also a serene bamboo groove that towers over the path while the leaves over hang casting dancing shadows with the sunlight.

The Bamboo Grove Behind Tenryuji Temple

The Bamboo Grove Behind Tenryuji Temple

As this point, I wish I could have said that I captured all its beauty but unfortunately my camera ran out of batteries. And while I was really looking forward to the Torokko train ride along the mountain, we were unfortunately unaware that tickets were booked days in advanced. However, even though I can only describe its beauty at least I got to experience it. And I keep coming back to the conclusion that Kyoto really is, the most beautiful place in Japan

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